Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 6, 2020

Columbia River crab fishery to remain closed

Action: Closes all crabbing in the Columbia River.

Effective date: Immediately, until further notice.

Species affected: Dungeness crab

Location: Columbia River

Reason for action: Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, crab fisheries in the Columbia River remain closed in consultation with local health authorities regarding the potential health impact to their communities from outside visitors.

Additional information: While coastal fish and shellfish fisheries remain closed, regularly scheduled freshwater fisheries as well as Puget Sound saltwater fisheries resume May 5, 2020.

WDFW urges anglers to recreate within their own communities and to follow physical distancing guidelines, keeping 6 feet between themselves and others and not traveling by car or boat with anyone outside of their immediate household.

Anglers should consult the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ or Fish Washington mobile app, as well as the emergency rule changes webpage at fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/, before heading out.

Information contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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